Early life[ edit ] Bausch was born in Solingenthe daughter of August and Anita Bausch, who owned a restaurant with guest rooms.
She received her dance training at the Folkwang School in Essen under Kurt Jooss, where she achieved technical excellence.
Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition.
Its combination of poetic and everyday elements influenced the international development of dance decisively. Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honours world-wide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.
By Norbert Servos Translated by Steph Morris Childhood She was born in in Solingen as Philippine Bausch; under her nickname Pina she was later to gain international standing from nearby Wuppertal with her dance theatre.
Her parents ran a restaurant in Solingen attached to a hotel where, along with her siblings, Pina helped out. She learned to observe people, above all the fundamental things which drive them.
The atmosphere of her early childhood seems to find an echo later in her pieces; music is heard, people come and go, and talk of their yearning for happiness. Yet her early experience of the war is also reflected in the pieces, in sudden outbursts of panic, fear of an unnamed danger. Jooss was a significant proponent of pre- and post-war German modern dance which had freed itself from the shackles of classical ballet.
In his teaching, however, Jooss sought to reconcile the free spirit of the dance revolutionaries with the fundamental rules of ballet. The young dance student Bausch thus acquired techniques for free creative expression as well as the command of a clear form.
The proximity of the other arts taught at the Folkwang School, including opera, music, drama, sculpture, painting, photography, design, was also an important influence on her, reflected later in the form of a wholly open approach to the media in her work as a choreographer. The city was seen as a dance Mecca, where classical ballet was being reinvented thanks to George Balanchine and modern dance further developed.
She took every opportunity to see performances and absorbed all the various tendencies. Enthused by the diversity of cultural life in New York, she remained for a further year. Now, however, she was obliged to finance her stay and found employment with Antony Tudor at the Metropolitan Opera.
In her later work her affinity to opera and her respect for musical tradition was to play a equal role to, for instance, her love of jazz. The distinction between 'serious' and 'popular' music, still firmly upheld in Germany, was of no significance to her. All music was afforded the same value, as long as it expressed genuine emotions.
He had succeeded in re-invigorating the Folkwang Ballet, subsequently re-named the Folkwang Tanzstudio. Pina Bausch danced in works by Jooss, both old and new, as well as assisting him with choreography. As the Folkwang Tanzstudio needed new pieces, she began to choreograph independently and created works such as Fragment or Im Wind der Zeit In the Wind of Timefor which she was awarded first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop of in Cologne.Pina Bausch created a total of forty-six pieces before her death in , the majority of them are part of the Tanztheater Wuppertal repertoire today.
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Sep 04, · Updated: June 30, The choreographer Pina Bausch was an intensely serious exponent of the neo-expressionist form of German dance known as Tanztheater. Pina Bausch: Pina Bausch, (Phillippine Bausch), German ballet dancer and choreographer (born July 27, , Solingen, Ger.—died June 30, , Wuppertal, Ger.), broke down the boundaries between ballet and theatre with her dramatic choreographed works incorporating dance, speech, music, and fantastical sets.
New Video: Another look on "MEET THE FELLOWS!" It was a celebration when in January the grant holders of the Pina Bausch Fellowship hosted a get to know you event for the Wuppertaler public. Pina Bausch was born on July 27, in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Philippine Bausch.
She is known for her work on Talk to Her (), Cafe Müller () and Die Klage der Kaiserin (). She died on .